Friday, February 21, 2014

Author Spotlight: Kitsy Clare

Welcome to a special Friday Author Spotlight! Today I'm excited to have my friend, author Kitsy Clare here to help celebrate the release of her New Adult romance novella, Model Position. It's a fun day for Kitsy because she's also having a PARTY (and I know my readers love a good party!) For al the details on her party ... see below. But first ... let's learn a little about Model Position and Kitsy:

ABOUT MODEL POSITION:

In Manhattan’s glitzy gallery scene love and art are perilous games. Will Sienna dare to play?

Sienna is a beautiful, talented artist poised on the precipice of soaring into the glamorous, yet cutthroat Manhattan art scene.
Dave Hightower is a hooked-up, handsome heir to the hippest gallery in NYC, Gallery Hightower.
Erik is the live drawing model with his sizzling green eyes fixed only on Sienna.
Three’s a crowd, so Sienna must make a choice: date Dave and ride the fast track to landing a show at Gallery Hightower and hobnobbing with the art glitterati, or follow her heart and take a chance with Erik, the stunning male model who’s stealing her heart. But Erik has some worrisome secrets, and who in their right mind would make live modeling their career?



How about a little EXCERPT:

I don’t have high hopes for today’s model. The live models have been a motley crew: a guy in a clown suit and Medieval court jester’s hat, a dowdy lady in a diaphanous gown, and a skeletal girl in a bikini who bit her nails and paced during breaks. Where are all the sexy male muses?

When the screaming dies down and I’m sure my neighbors aren’t calling the police, thinking someone just got murdered or drank too much and fell down the trash chute, I elaborate. But first, I take a gulp of vino. “Since you ladies are my most trusted critics, after we eat dinner, I’d love your help in picking out three of my best artworks to show her tomorrow.”

“What? You’re not crushing on him?” A look of pure astonishment appears on her face. I shrug. “Hot damn!” Harper’s grin slides into a frown. “Wait, why would you just give him to me? Is something wrong with him?”



SOUNDS GREAT, RIGHT?  Here's where you can get your copy:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble 
Kobo
Inkspell Publishing


ABOUT KITSY CLARE

When I'm not crafting novels, I teach writing workshops. I also love to draw, travel, read spicy romance, sci-fi and thrillers. My time is spent between NYC and my Catskills studio, where I enjoy the sounds of birds, bullfrogs and coyotes.

I also write YA as Catherine Stine. My YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One won finalist spots in both YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards, and was an Indie Reader Approved notable book. My YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Ruby's Fire, the new companion novel to Fireseed One, is receiving high praise from reviewers. I'm a member of RWA, SCBWI and SFWA.


CONNECT WITH KITSY ONLINE

Goodreads 
Kitsy Clare on FB
Website
Twitter


ABOUT THE PARTY!!

Pop in to the online party today (Friday, Feb 21) to celebrate the launch of Model Position. Giveaways every hour and meet great romance authors! Link to join:

HTTPS://www.Facebook.com/events/1423555031218336/?notif_t=plan_edited

The lineup:

9 am CST : Kitsy Clare

10 am CST: Piper Malone

11 am CST: Kennedy Layne

12 PM CST: Elizabeth Arroyo

1 PM CST: Lee Strauss

2 PM CST: Lisa Casia

3 PM CST: Stephanie Keyes

4 PM CST Lisa Voisin

5 PM CST: Final post from Kitsy Clare


THANKS KITSY!!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

You're Invited! Nate Rocks Release Party!




Do you like GAMES?

Do you like PRIZES?

Do you like SWAG?

Do you like NATE ROCKS?





Then you don't want to miss this party! We're getting together on Facebook on Friday February 28th to celebrate the release of the final Nate Rocks book - NATE ROCKS THE CITY  and everyone is invited! 

Where: Facebook 

When: Friday Feb 28th 1:30pm and 7pm EST

What: The Nate Rocks the City Release Party!

Oh yeah - did I mention prizes?

Here's a sampling:

-Nate Rocks swag

-Nate Rocks books

& other fabulous middle grade & children's books including:

-The Deliverers Series by Greg Slomba

-Dragon Wars by Emily Fogle

-Whispering Wings and Messy Jessy by Jayne Peters

HOW DO I JOIN??

Easy!!  Just click >>>> HERE <<<< to reserve your spot

- you may even win a prize if you join early.

See you there!!


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Author Spotlight: Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

Today we're doing a special Valentine's Day edition of the Author Spotlight with author Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar.




Today, Mohanalakshmi joins us to talk about her book, Love Comes Later, and her feelings on love:

Does Love Still Exist?
By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar author of Love Comes Later

St. Valentine may be horrified by the cherubs touting candy, flowers or jewelry. The overemphasis of eros, or romantic love, may have merged out of rampant marketeering. Between Christmas and Easter, after all, is a lot of retail silence. In modern society, with women marrying later, and partners divorcing earlier – not waiting for children to grow up – does love still exist?

I had a great idea in 2009; I would write a book about how a modern person with traditional values would find love. I didn’t think this would be so difficult. After all, I’d managed to resist the pressures of my own South Asian culture until the spinsterly age of 26, when, as my father put it, “to find a good man who would make a commitment to me” even if he wasn’t Indian.

Fresh from an unlikely, whirlwind romance in the desert, I sat down to explore in fiction the difficult choices facing young Qatari men and women amongst the myriad dilemmas of love, choice, honor, and duty.

The Qatari characters were based on a meld of dozens of stories I knew of real people; but the insertion of a South Asian girl into the love triangle was all my own.

I put Abdulla, the male protagonist, and Sangita, the unexpected loved interest, in a small London apartment. And waited for sparks to fly. In a Disneyesque-romantic genre, move, they were on a countdown; three days.

But nothing was happening. There they were; young, attractive, in close proximity, and I couldn’t believe that they were falling in love. All the elements were there but the emotions were missing.

I started asking everyone: “How do people fall in love?”

My older Indian friends were surprised.

“Didn’t you have a love marriage?” They asked me, products of the arranged marriage system. “Don’t you know?”

“Seems so long ago,” I muttered, well out of earshot of my husband.

“I loved your book,” another friend said. “I’ve never known what love is…” she said, with a dreamy look in her, having been arranged to her husband.

“It’s all the same after a while,” I said to her dryly, watching our husbands on their mobile phones while we mothers ran after our children.

“But how can they fall in love,” I asked my Qatari friends, growing desperate for realism as the book entered a seemingly endless cycle of revisions.

“She has to be hot,” one of my male beta readers said, in all honesty.

Chemistry. Right. I forgot that part, somehow, settling into comfortable domesticity.

Abdulla and Sangita did eventually find their way in the story. The sequel to the book is in progress and explores an equally murky area: what happens after the spark? Are the chances for survival of ‘falling into’ love greater?

I grew up with the idea that no, falling in love did not guarantee romantic success; making allegiances between well researched partners was stacking the cards in your favor. My parents’ anti-falling in love argument was the 50% divorce rate in America.

We’ll see what happens for Abdulla and Sangita as they try to grow their spark into a fire to heat their home.

What do you think? Do you fall in and out of love? Or do you choose to love?


About Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar



Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to the Arabian Desert was fortuitous in many ways since this is where she met her husband, had a baby, and made the transition from writing as a hobby to a full time passion. She has since published seven e-books including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace.

Her recent books have focused on various aspects of life in Qatar. From Dunes to Dior, named as a Best Indie book in 2013, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013 and is a literary romance set in Qatar and London. The Dohmestics is an inside look into compound life, the day to day dynamics between housemaids and their employers.

After she joined the e-book revolution, Mohana dreams in plotlines. Learn more about her work on her website at www.mohanalakshmi.com or follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha.

Find Mohana Online:

Author Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Mohanalakshmi-Rajakumar/e/B002PMRI1U
Author website: http://www.mohanalakshmi.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@moha_doha
Facebook: www.facebook.com/themohadoha
Youtube:www.youtube.com/themohadoha
Pinterest:www.pinterest.com/mohadoha





Thank you Mohana!

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Nate Rocks the City ebook now available for KINDLE & NOOK

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Day the Heat Died

Polar Vortex 2014 - you've heard of it right? I mean even if you're not living through it (lucky!) it's been all over the news. Coldest winter in I don't know how long. Ridiculous amounts of snow every few days (Ugh!)

So let me set the scene - Your alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m. (double ugh), you drag yourself out of bed and think man, it's cold! But hey - you've got an old house with old windows during a  polar vortex. It's sort of like the trifecta of doom as far as trying to keep warm during winter. Even so, it seems colder than usual, so you make your way over to the thermostat. It wouldn't hurt to kick it up a notch or two just this once, right? Sure - except - it's not even at the 67 degrees it's supposed to be set at. It's only at 64 degrees. That can't be good. You check to make sure it's set for 67. Yup. You check to make sure it's set to "on." Yup. You turn the oven on for a second to make sure the gas is actually working (I did pay that bill didn't I?) Yup. You check to make sure the furnace is working - nope! WHAT??

Welcome to my Friday. Now three days later, I'm waiting for the installation guys to show up with my new furnace - in the snowing - hoping and praying they make it. Yes, I said new. It seems the furnace was deader than dead. I can't really complain (well I can of course) - it was close to thirty years old, but timing wise, we would have preferred it waited until it was a little warmer out. (Really, is there ever a good time to have to drop several thousand dollars on a piece of metal that sits in your basement?)

Luckily, we have a gas fireplace in our family room that got quite a workout over the weekend. We buckled down, moved in pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags, and had a Toz family sleepover. Admittedly, some of us got more sleep than others, but at least we were warm. Fireplace, cozysocks, wifi, games, books, fun, and WARMTH!



Here's hoping all of you are staying warm, too!





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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cover Reveal! Christy Sloat's The White Door


Are you ready to see a really awesome cover? My friend Christy has a new book out in her Visitor's Series and I can't wait to show it to you! Are you ready?

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Here you go:



Isn't it great?

ABOUT THE VISITOR'S SERIES:




The Brown House Book 1
Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn’t miserable enough, they’ve moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can’t be explained…
Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the secrets of this place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls? Or will the curse claim them, too? 
*Recipient of the Readers Favorite 5 Star Review*



The Crimson Key Book 2
Brylee Branson’s best friend and boyfriend have fallen victim to a horrible curse that haunts her home. With the witches who cast it dead she has no choice but to rely on the ghosts inside the Brown house to help her find a cure. But time is not on her side, because Lynley's illness is spreading rapidly.  
Confused and scared, seventeen-year-old Brylee must confront a new ghost in the house she has never spoken to before. This spirit is not a Brown relative and makes no promises to help them … unless she can re-unite her with a loved one. The fate of those she loves now rests on her. Can Brylee put the pieces of this puzzle together in time to save them? Or will the Brown house claim another victim?
The Visitor’s Series continues to scare and entice its readers with this gripping second book.
*Recipient of the Readers Favorite 5 Star Review*
*Best YA book of 2013-The Writing World*


The White Door Book 3
The haunting third book in the Best Selling Visitors Series.
“When I first moved here I was still a girl who cherished the normality of teen life. Now, after being here a year I had come to love a boy who was both strong and courageous. I made real friendships that would last even after death. The selfish girl my grandmother warned me of becoming had vanished. A girl who stood tall, with the powers to see the dead and help those in need, appeared in her place.”
In Brylee’s world, nothing is normal. She sees and speaks with the dead and, at seventeen years old, she already has a full plate. She’s in her senior year of high school and college is just around the corner, but only if she learns to control her gifts and survive in the land of the living. She has succeeded in ridding her boyfriend, Ephraim, from the Brown family curse, but, in the end, her best friend loses her life. Now a whole slew of new problems presents itself and, like always, Brylee is tempted to run for the hills. With Ephraim at her side, she must come to grips with the reality that she is not an average girl and she never will be. What will happen when the town turns on her? Or, better yet, when a body is unearthed in her backyard? The choices that Brylee must make will determine whether she has a future or nothing at all.



ABOUT CHRISTY SLOAT

Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor's Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.
Find her on her website: www.christysloat.com

CONNECT WITH CHRISTY

Blog
Facebook
Goodreads
Amazon
BandN


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